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    • MrsSippi
    • By MrsSippi 9th Oct 17, 2:11 PM
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    Advice needed re: diet for 6 year old
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    • 9th Oct 17, 2:11 PM
    Advice needed re: diet for 6 year old 9th Oct 17 at 2:11 PM
    I have a 6 yo daughter and I am slightly worried about her weight. Maybe worried is a bit strong but you get the idea....

    She has always been on the slim side anyway but now she looks almost skinny. She was weighed and measured a couple of years ago as part of the Reception Heights and Weights programme and it came back that she was a healthy weight.

    I would like to know what other people with kids (esp daughters) of the same age eat so I can gauge if she's eating enough. I really don't think she has any issues with food or anything and will quite often say she's hungry but she just doesn't seem to put much weight on. I don't really want to take her to the gp or anything as I don't think it's needed yet. She is always quite active.

    Generally she will have a bowl of cereal/boiled eggs/toast for breakfast. I have tried to give her more but she says she's full up. She will often have a piece of fruit on the way to school then she has fruit mid morning as well as a hot lunch (which she says she eats most of - i dont think she's lying about this and I know the school contacts parents if your child is consistently undereating). She has a snack of a sandwich or similar on way home from school then a cup of milk/crackers/yoghurt when she gets in then a cooked meal when DH gets home.

    Is this not enough? I would love some advice on this ......
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    • goodwithsaving
    • By goodwithsaving 10th Oct 17, 8:52 AM
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    I was always skinny when I was younger, underweight and looked ill. I ate so much but also spent a lot of time running around outside. Then puberty hit and I've been heavy since then!
    Don't worry. If she isn't ill, she'll be okay. If she eats healthy foods, exercises and is happy, she's fine.
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    • thriftyemma
    • By thriftyemma 10th Oct 17, 9:25 AM
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    I second the poster who said to plot height and weight changes in your red baby book, or a copy from here

    Over a period of time, it can help you see any patterns, such as being consistently underweight, or growth spurts etc. I do this with all my children, once every 3 months.

    It helped me identify that my youngest daughter was not gaining weight as she should. After various discussions with the GP, who took me seriously after showing her weight plotted on the chart, we discovered her tonsils were so enlarged they were practically blocking her throat. She was struggling to swallow anything lumpy, and it was putting her off eating. In the process, because they did a full ear nose and throat check, we also found she had 30-40% hearing loss due to glue ear. All resolved with some routine surgery. She's now excelling at school, because she can now hear properly, and gaining weight in line with the WHO charts.

    I'm not saying my daughter's case is the same as yours, it sounds like your daughter is eating a varied and healthy diet, and plenty of it. But charting weight changes can be a very effective tool in identifying any problems.
    • MrsSippi
    • By MrsSippi 10th Oct 17, 10:11 AM
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    Thanks again for all the replies. I will dig out her red book and follow the centile charts for a bit to see how she goes with her weight gain.

    I suppose, having put it in perspective, she isn't noticeably underweight, she has a healthy and varied diet, she runs around a lot which i guess explains why she doesn't put a lot of weight on even though she eats regularly. And most importantly she is fit and healthy in herself.
    • pearl123
    • By pearl123 10th Oct 17, 11:10 AM
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    A couple of pancakes sometimes will fill her up.
    • pollyanna24
    • By pollyanna24 10th Oct 17, 1:14 PM
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    I agree with what others have said.

    My 6 year old weighs 3stone and I think she is a little bit skinny, but not enough to do anything about it.

    Her sister who is 8 has, in the last year or so, "bulked" out, not quite sure how to explain it, but getting more shapely rather than tiny little child and so I have assumed her little sister will be doing the same soon.

    Still, the 6 year old has a lovely flat stomach, wouldn't mind that, haha!
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    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 10th Oct 17, 1:34 PM
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    I'm the same as some of the other posters here, I was an absolute bean pole at that age, in ways I only see now looking back as an adult. I was incredibly active and probably ate about half what your daughter gets now. I filled out fine as a teenager, became overweight in my early twenties and now work hard to stay lean. Sadly it catches up with most of us eventually!
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